MyAppleMenu - Sat, Apr 4, 2015

Sat, Apr 4, 2015The What-You-Can-Do-With-an-iPad Edition

Photo: Steve Jobs unveils the Apple iPad, by Mike Lee (CC BY 2.0)

"Thank You for Releasing My Voice", Teen with Autism Says, by Patty Crosby, First Coast News

"The first thing she said was "hi, thank you for releasing my voice", and there was something about the power of being able to express her voice, her thoughts. It's really priceless" says Morgan and the next thing Lanier typed out was "Tell my mother I love her."

Five Years of My Autistic Son Rocking His iPad, by Shannon Des Roches Rosa, Medium

My understanding of why Leo and iPads are so suited for each other has evolved over those five years. I now understand that it isn’t just his iPad’s icon- rather than text-based interface that makes it Leo-friendly; it’s also its simplified, consistent grid app layout, which allows Leo to rely on motor planning as well as visuals. That motor predictability is a crucial factor for an autistic dude whose body doesn’t always do what he wants it to do.

And iPads don’t just allow Leo to make his own choices; they allow him to make choices at his own pace. That’s important for a guy who, like many autistic folk, often needs a few beats to process input. For a guy who isn’t always able to tells us his needs and wants, and who spends all day, every day, coping with an overwhelming world that is not set up to accommodate people with processing delays. So for Leo, his iPad is not just a toy, and it’s not just a tool — it’s an oasis, and a sanctuary.

The iPad's Next Frontier: Creativity for the Masses, by Harry McCracken, Fast Company

Even if Apple doesn't push iPad hardware in a direction designed to enable greater creativity, it's going to become a richer medium for self-expression. When I ask FiftyThree's Petschnigg whether the iPad has peaked, he doesn't give Apple advice on what it should do to goose sales. Instead, he says that it's incumbent on third-party developers such as FiftyThree to keep pushing the boundaries of what the device can do. "I look at it from the standpoint of, 'Have we made the most of the iPad as software creators?" he says. "I say no. There's so much headroom."

MIT Student Develops a Facebook for Depression, by John Brownlee, Fast Company

Koko is an upcoming iPhone app that aims to help people fix the bugs in their thinking by crowdsourcing cognitive behavioral techniques.

Apple Watch pre-orders will begin at 12:01 PDT on April 10, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

We’re now a week away from the first day of Apple Watch pre-order sales, and Apple has updated its online store to officially announce that orders will begin after 12:01 AM PT/3:01 AM ET on April 10th.

Apple to Offer In-Store Launch Day Pickup Option for Apple Watch Preorders, by AppleInsider

After announcing an April 10 start date to online Apple Watch preorders, Apple on Friday said it will allow buyers to pick up their reserved device at brick-and-mortar locations on April 24, launch day.

Faulty Spotlight Plugins May Cause Incomplete Searches, by Topher Kessler, MacIssues

Spotlight has the ability to read many common file types, but in order to augment Spotlight search for custom file formats, developers can create a plugin that will allow reading and indexing of otherwise unavailable content in documents. This is likely the root of this particular problem, where a fault in such plug-ins may cause the indexing routines for Spotlight to crash, or otherwise throw an error and then not complete the indexing of your drive.


Instagram Gives Apple Watch Developers a Hand, by Joab Jackson, IDG News Service

The Facebook-owned company has posted a set of Objective C code that provides a way for an application to use complex data structures, which could facilitate feature-rich apps for the tiny device.


Software is the worst.

— John Berry (@jberry) April 3, 2015

Felons Barred from Constructing Apple's Campus, by Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle

Several construction workers who were hired to build the exterior of Apple’s new campus in Cupertino were ordered to leave the site in January due to prior felony convictions, several union officials and workers told The Chronicle. The ban is unusual for construction work, a field in which employers typically do not perform criminal background checks.

If this is true, Tim Cook, it's not cool at all.

Me Too

Seriously, though, if I could automatically restart my Apple TV every day at 2am, I would. This is what it’s come to.

— Jim Correia (@jimcorreia) April 4, 2015

Parting Words

Expedia is just too big. Where is Seattle supposed to move to?

— Hal Mueller (@halm) April 2, 2015

Thanks for reading.